Boost your beauty sleep with treats to refresh and rejuvenate
It's time to stop dreaming about uninterrupted slumber. Lisa Haynes has the kit for the ultimate snooze-fest
Don't worry if you've failed on the clean eating front; there's a new buzzword for 2017 that doesn't involve chomping on any raw veg to make you look more sprightly.
Step forward 'clean sleeping'. It has nothing to do with how often you wash your duvet, but everything to do with pure, unadulterated slumber.
Another Gwyneth Paltrow 'Goop-ism', the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru attributes her A-lister glow to a clean-sleeping regime: "I believe it should be your first priority - even before you think about your diet," she says in her new book, Goop Clean Beauty. "The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep - and ideally even 10."
With National Bed Month (yes, it's a thing) approaching in March, there's never been a better time to super-charge your beauty sleep.
We're now getting less sleep than ever, according to research. Three-quarters of people in the UK (74%) sleep less than seven hours per night, while 12% snooze for less than five hours - compared to 7% in 2013, according to The Sleep Council's Great British Bedtime Report.
"If you're not sleeping, you'll find your stress hormone levels will go up," says Dr Nish Joshi, holistic guru and founder of the Joshi Clinic.
"Sleep habits are so important - avoid caffeine and wine at night, sleep in a well-ventilated room, and make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable. I recommend taking chamomile or valerian about half an hour before bedtime, for a restful night."
- This Works Limited Edition Deep Sleep Shower Gel, £15 (thisworks.com).
- Pure Elixir 02 Smart Sleep Supplement, £30 for 30 days (pureskinelixir.com).
- Neal's Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist, £15 (nealsyardremedies.com).
If insomnia's not an issue, but there simply aren't enough hours in the day for decent duvet time, your skin could be suffering. Sleep is vital for skin, as it's when cells go into repair mode - creating new ones and removing toxins.
"Lack of sleep can lead to signs of ageing," explains Susan Harmsworth, skincare expert and ESPA founder. "Skin research shows cell regeneration is highest between 12am and 1am, while skin exfoliation and blood flow is increased between 12am and 4am. This is why night-time products are so beneficial for the skin's repair systems."
- Sarah Chapman Limited Edition Supersize Skinesis Overnight Facial, £50 from March 1 (qvcuk.com).
- ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy, £35 (espaskincare.com).
- Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask With Copper Oxide, £25 (lookfantastic.com).
Woken up feeling less than refreshed? It's possible your alarm's interrupted a natural sleep cycle, resulting in that groggy feeling and telltale eye bags.
Thankfully, you can fake eight hours' sleep with cheat products and quick-fix massage techniques.
"Reduce puffy eyes by massaging a gentle, healing eye cream in the direction of your lymphatic drainage, moving under the eyes towards the temples," advises Nuriss skincare expert, Dr Anita Sturnham. "Skincare with antioxidants, such as vitamins C, B and E, will help boost and repair tired and dull-looking skin."
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, from £10 (esteelauder.co.uk).
- Benefit Eye Bright Instant Eye Brightener, £17 (benefitcosmetics.com).
- NEOM Energy Burst 100% Natural Eau de Parfum, £49 (neomorganics.com).